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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

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This is a free downloadable lesson plan on teaching poetry and literary elements using rap music. I volunteer to present this lecture at least once a year.

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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

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Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.
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The Showing Hand

Students are introduced to a handy way to remember how to incorporate more details into their writing. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 18, 12:20 PM

Showing not telling is a great technique for any writer.  Thank to Sandy Loucks for this timely video explanation. 

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Going Public with Word Work

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One week after spring break, I asked my students to think about word work as a math problem. How are the two similar? Puzzled looks were all around, and finally I got these responses: Jessica: Words build like addition: letters + vowels = a word. Brandon: Words are like the commutative property: no matter what order you use them in, they make a sentence. Could be a question though. Kerri: If you put words together, you have a sentence. If you put sentences together, you have a paragraph. I added, "If we understand the structure of text, then perhaps our mathematical equation would be words + sentences + paragraph = meaning."
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Using Feedback to Determine When a Do-Over Is Necessary

Using Feedback to Determine When a Do-Over Is Necessary | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As I collected the student work from the period, and then subsequently read what had been turned in, I wracked my brain for what I could have done to make it more successful. I do this a lot.

Before every class, I email my students my lesson plan. I provide them supplemental materials to help with scaffolding and differentiation. Expectations are again reviewed at the beginning of class as well as written on the white board and/or projected by ELMO. There's a long enough pause to take questions and for me to remind them of the expectations and then it's off to work if no formal lesson is happening in those beginning moments.

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

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A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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Infusing Informational Texts into Morning Meetings: Fact of the Day and Daily News Routines

Infusing Informational Texts into Morning Meetings: Fact of the Day and Daily News Routines | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Children thrive when they belong to a community that is welcoming, full of new learning, and built around consistent structures and expectations. Classroom rituals and routines reassure each child entering your doorway; knowing what to expect can calm an anxious or upset child, and predictability can help a distracted learner get settled. A unified community sets positive expectations for a day of learning. When students anticipate Morning Meeting each day, they can begin their day with a sense of community and focus, allowing them to be at ease with what the day holds. Predictable routines remind students that learning opportunities exist throughout the day. Informational texts can be infused into your community’s Morning Meeting, and these rituals can build positive experiences for students while building a united learning community.
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Nonfiction Books with More Than One Entry Point

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My third graders love facts and information. Often their nonfiction reading lives consist of books that share lots of facts and isolated information about topics they love. I want to build on students’ enthusiasm for information and their sense of curiosity, but I also want to nudge them forward as readers.

When I think about nudging readers, I think about all that I’ve learned from Teri Lesesne’s Reading Ladders: “The goal of reading ladders is to slowly move students from where they are to where we would like them to be. With reading ladders you start with the authors, genres, or subjects your readers like, and then connect them to book after book—each a little more complex or challenging than the last.”
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Reading, Engagement, and Kidwatching

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I looked up from my reading conference with Jordan to see that David was building a mighty impressive book fort, Mateo and Tucker were exchanging Lego figures behind books, Jasmine had just returned from her third mid-workshop trip to the bathroom, and Sophia and Lucia were lying across Hokke stools spinning in circles and giggling with books in hand. It was not the image of reading engagement I had imagined we would be capable of at this point in our year together.
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27 #Presentation Tips For Students And Teachers [Infographic]

27 #Presentation Tips For Students And Teachers [Infographic] | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Check out this infographic featuring 27 cool presentation tips for students who want to wow the class on presentation day.

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Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom

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As teachers, we’ve all seen it in our classrooms: A student in the back of the room discreetly takes a selfie. We’ve probably all been frustrated by it at some
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7 Great Chrome Extensions To Help Your Students in 2017 by Emma Perry

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By Emma Perry

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abdoss's curator insight, February 1, 8:47 AM
Extensions for Chrome you might want to check out!
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 1, 3:40 PM
Engage different learners with these tools to access text. I love Google!
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Supreme Court Nominations Lesson - iCivics

Supreme Court Nominations Lesson - iCivics | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This lesson teaches the fundamentals of Supreme Court Justice nominations and helps students understand the politics behind the nominations. It challenges students to cut through the politics and compare nominees’ judicial philosophies and includes an optional extension for students to research and analyze the controversial nominations and confirmation processes of Robert Bork, Harriet Miers, Clarence Thomas, and Merrick Garland.
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Free Powerpoint Search Engine PPThunter.com | Download Free Powerpoint Presentation and Templates

PPThunter.com is #1 PowerPoint search engine. Use PPThunter.com to search free high quality powerpoint presentations, powerpoint files, themes and templates, Free Powerpoint Templates, Background Images and PowerPont Design.

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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 9, 11:35 PM

Marvelous materials.

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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
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Education Research Highlights From 2016

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A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students.
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Word Observations

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I am racing down the highway, traveling from Phoenix, Arizona to San Diego, California. Jagged mountain peaks, desert fauna, the Mexico/California border fence and periodically a town provide a backdrop to this trek. Not too far into California a sign grabs my attention with the Calexico. I announce, “Cal –ex –ico,” alerting my traveling companions to our whereabouts. Jon is my youngest son and a soon-to-be ninth grader. He is always ready to correct me and states, “We are approaching Cale–I-co.” The teacher in me takes over. “Cal-ex-ico, Jon. Think! Look, check out the sign, it is a combination of California and Mexico, and it’s a border town.” “Oh . . .right . . . Are you sure? I see.” is Jon’s muffled response. Jon’s misunderstanding has made my mind wander. The word geek in me takes over. I begin to ponder his decoding and visual analysis skills. I consider, “What is he looking at, noticing, and remembering?”
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Do's & Don'ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

Do's & Don'ts for Teaching English-Language Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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The Power of Linking Words and Perceptions

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The school year is underway, and all across the country teachers have undoubtedly already identified the children in their classrooms who are going to give them a run for their money. It does not take long before we start to attach labels to children. We begin to sort, both by academics and behavior. Soon we find ourselves using terms like the helper, the social butterfly, different or odd, and resistant. In some cases our patience is tested and we hear ourselves using terms like obnoxious, lazy, rude, manipulative and slow. Our attention might shift to the parents, and we start assuming the parents don't care and they are lazy too.
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10 New Educational Android Apps for Young Learners

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Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett

Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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D. R. Hale's curator insight, February 12, 10:59 PM
Creativity is NOT overrated.
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21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever

21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It's 2017. Communication is changing fast (my 7-yr old daughter and I just exchanged Snaps while I am in Chicago and she is outside of Philadelphia in different time zones, with real-time interaction). Collaboration has evolved to

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A.J. Juliani reflexiona sobre la importancia de las habilidades "blandas" para aprender y enseñar en el siglo XXI.

 

Nos cuenta las 5 categorías que considera Seth Godin:

 

Autocontrol - Productividad - Sabiduría - Percepción - Influencia

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 9, 12:08 PM
These skills are important and essential for success in the 21st Century. Schools must pay attention to the whole student to prepare them for their future.
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How to Teach Primary Students to Write Narratives with DETAILS!

How to Teach Primary Students to Write Narratives with DETAILS! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Today's post has 10 different lessons that can be used to get primary students drawing and writing narratives with more detail - they're great for any fiction unit, whether your students are writing personal narratives, realistic fiction, fairy tales, or fantasy.
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Top 10 Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers by Richard Nolan

Top 10 Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers by Richard Nolan | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By Richard Nolan

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Makena Conteh's curator insight, January 31, 2:05 AM
Check out the tips that can help you to manage classroom.
Lee Hall's curator insight, January 31, 11:27 AM
Teachers need all the help they can get. Teaching is a demanding job. 
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 1, 3:41 PM
Excellent suggestions to build strong relationships to facilitate learning.
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How to Digitize Old Photos with Your Smartphone

How to Digitize Old Photos with Your Smartphone | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We all have old photos that are important to us. Vacations, family members who are no longer with us, good times in our lives—you know, important stuff. The thing is, pictures fade. The best way to keep these precious memories safe is by digitizing them, and what was once a lengthy process can now be done—with pretty exceptional results—directly from your phone.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 28, 1:44 PM
Time to digitize some memories? Try it!